celebrations of former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao by the
Telangana government got off to a start on Sunday with Chief
Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao making a strong pitch for
conferring "Bharat Ratna" on the late leader, placing him on
par with the country''s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru.
The Chief Minister paid glowing tributes to the late
leader, who hailed from the state, at his ''samadhi'' "PV Gyan
Bhoomi" here on the occasion of his 99th birth anniversary,
saying he was "proud son of Telangana" and recalled his
contributions to the country, including ushering in bold
Noting that Narasimha Rao did not get the due respect, he
announced a slew of measures to honour his memory, including a
memorial befitting his stature to be set up at the PV Gyan
Bhoomi, kick-starting the birth centenary celebrations.
Chandrasekhar Rao said the country''s hightest civilian
award Bharat Ratna should be conferred posthumously on the
late Congress leader, credited with leading the country
through a critical phase during his tenure of 1991-96.
Speaking at the event at PV Gyan Bhoomi, attended by
several state ministers, opposition leaders and family members
of Narasimha Rao, the TRS supremo said he would meet Prime
Minister Narendra Modi along with a delegation from the state
and press the demand for Bharat Ratna.
Chandrasekhar Rao had recently announced that the birth
centenary would be celebrated on a grand scale with year-long
programmes and that the state cabinet and the Legislature will
adopt resolutions seeking the highest civilian award for the
former prime minister.
It is not just assembly and state cabinet passing
resolutions.... I will personally lead a delegation of family
members, state cabinet and other important persons, and
request the Prime Minister... we will mobilise PVs followers
across the country and bring pressure on the Centre through
them also, he said.
Drawing a comparison between Nehru and Narasimha Rao, he
said the latter did not get the respect which he deserved.
While Jawaharlal Nehru ji who first started planning (for
development) in the country was among the architects of modern
India, it was PV Narasimha Rao, who initiated economic reforms
...created a global India. There is no doubt about it. He was
in the same league as Nehru. PV was a personality who was on
par with Nehru, he said.
Hailing Narasimha Rao as a polyglot, a great freedom
fighter and as a man who pushed reforms to transform the
country, he said the former never boasted of his achievements
or let others talk about them during his lifetime.
As part of the start of the centenary celebrations, the
state governmet erected hoardings in major metro cities in
The TRS leader said the centenary warranted grand
celebrations as Narasimha Rao''s towering personality needed to
be brought to light fully.
The chief minister announced that events during the year
would be planned in such a way that they will witness the
participation ofPresident Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, former President Pranab Mukherjee and former
prime minister Manmohan Singh among others.
He said bronze statues of Narasimha Rao would be installed
at his native place Vangara, Warangal, Karimnagar and
Hyderabad in the state and at the Telangana Bhavan in New
A portrait of the late leader would be unveiled in the
Telangana Legislature, he said, adding it should also be
installed in parliament.
.similarly, PVs portrait should be there in parliament
also. They did not do it. The respect given to former Prime
Ministers was not given to our PV. But, lets do it now. We
will get it done. Lets fight. PVs portrait should be
installed in parliament on a permanent basis, he said.
The state government would set up a research centre named
after the former prime minister in Kakatiya University and a
national-level conclave would be held in Delhi to remember
him, he said.
It would urge the Centre to release a postal stamp in
memory of Narasimha Rao and to name the Hyderabad Central
University (HCU) after him.
The Chief Minister said Narasimha Raos birth centenary
celebrations were being organised by Telangana people in 51
countries across the globe.
Narasimha Raos son Prabhakar Rao anddaughter Vani Devi,
who spoke on the occasion, recalled his contributions and
thanked the state government for organising his birth
Narasimha Rao was born on June 28, 1921 at Vangara in
Karimnagar. He died on December 23, 2004. PTI SJR